Animal Control Office & Shelter Location
178 Apremont Way
The shelter is located directly across the street from Barnes Airport. Please see the map at the bottom of this site.
Hours of Operation
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday:
12:00 pm.-4:00 pm.
Thursday & Sunday:
If you have a question about the animal shelter, click here to contact Margaret Terkelsen, Assistant Animal Control Operations Manager.
If you have a non-emergency animal control concern, please email ACO Renee Robichaud by clicking here.
Dog Licenses are available at the Westfield Animal Shelter (178 Apremont Way, Westfield). Massachusetts General Law (MGL) requires that all dogs over 6 months of age be licensed yearly. Dog licenses are also a great means of identification and can be traced 24 hours a day 7 days a week by either Animal Control or the Police Department.
License costs are $15 for dogs that have been spayed or neutered, or $30 if they are not.
The shelter only accepts checks and/or cash. There is no change available at the shelter.
Please bring proof of a current rabies vaccine and proof of neutering or spaying with you when licensing your dog.
Per MGL Chapter 140 and the City of Westfield's ordinances, if your dog has been picked up by Animal Control, you must show proof of a current rabies vaccine and a current city dog license to claim your dog from the shelter.
If you have lost a pet, please call the animal control office as soon as possible at 413.564.3129 . Stray dogs are held at the shelter for 7 days. There is no legal hold period for stray cats. We generally hold stray cats for 3 days before moving forward with adoptions. Owners will be responsible to pay fines/fees associated with the the impoundment of their animal.
Monetary donations for the Westfield Animal Shelter can be mailed to the shelter with attention to Lori Charette, Operations Manager. Please make checks payable to, "The Westfield Animal Shelter" with "Gift Account" written in the memo. If you would like a list of items the shelter needs, please stop by the shelter or call for more information. Any donations may be dropped off at the shelter (178 Apremont Way, Westfield, MA 01085) during business hours or dropped off at the front door after hours.